Solutions for anxious dental patients
If you find yourself ready to cancel your dental appointment before the day even comes due to anxiety and fear, you are a patient dealing with dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is a common issue that can arise in patients of all ages. At Peninsula Dental Implant Center, Dr. Gupta and her team can help ease anxiety with a solution: oral conscious sedation or IV Sedation. Oral conscious sedation is a sedation method available for anxious patients in the San Francisco, California area who are searching for a positive dental experience “near me” with a reliable, trustworthy professional.
What is oral conscious sedation and what can I expect from it?
With oral conscious sedation, patients can address the anxiety surrounding their next dental appointment. This is done by taking a pill before the appointment. The pill will help you feel much more relaxed before and during your appointment and can even make the appointment feel like it flew by. Oral conscious sedation is not meant to put you to sleep; rather, its efficacy relies on taking the edge off so that you can more easily undergo dental procedures.
What is IV sedation?
IV sedation is the use of sedatives that are delivered directly into the veins intravenously. This allows for immediate and deep sedation for more complex dental procedures performed at our office. This method of sedation is often recommended for patients who have moderate to severe dental anxieties, or those undergoing extensive dental work during a single visit.
How does oral conscious sedation work?
Oral conscious sedation will usually be taken an hour before your scheduled appointment time. The idea is to take the pill when you are getting ready for your appointment so that by the time you arrive, the medication will have had time to kick in and start working its magic. Once at our San Francisco office, Dr. Gupta will closely monitor you to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your appointment.
What are the benefits of this method of sedation?
There are many advantages that come along with oral conscious sedation.
• This method is very safe and has been used for dental procedures for years with a proven track record.
• Oral conscious sedation is very affordable when compared to other sedation methods such as IV sedation.
• This method is effective at assisting patients in overcoming their anxiety and fear surrounding dental appointments.
What are the benefits of IV sedation?
- Is deeper than oral conscious sedation
- Provides immediate sedation and relief
- Allows patients to transport themselves home after their treatment
- Is best for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety
Request an appointment today
If you are anxious about seeing the dentist, you are not alone! Connect with Dr. Gupta of Peninsula Dental Implant Center of San Carlos, CA to find out more about your sedation options. Call (650) 232-7650 to request a visit at 1201 St. Francis Way. We are open to new patients and families.
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